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Disney to end their deal with Netflix, launch their own streaming service!

08.08.2017

Do you enjoy snuggling up with your loved one to stream the latest Marvel films on Netflix? Aren't you glad that the mega-popular streaming service allows for your little one to watch MOANA while you get some much-needed housework done? Welp, I hate to throw a wrench in the gears of your routine, but it's been announced that Disney will end their deal with Netflix and launch their own streaming service in 2019. That's right, all of the Marvel/Disney movies you love to stream, gone! Heh, I'm just trying to freak you out a bit. It's really not that bad. Let's take a more detailed look at the situation, shall we?

In my opinion, this is an expected and logical path for Disney to take. However, Netflix only secured the deal with Disney back in 2012, so the now-popular streamer has only been reaping the benefits for about a year. Naturally, Disney has a massive library of timeless films underneath their mouse-eared umbrella, so the notion of them creating their own exclusive streaming service feels like a no brainer to me. 

Here's the thing, though. Netflix won't lose all of their Disney-related content all at once. The plan for now is for Disney to cut them off at the start of the studio's 2019 film releases, allowing them to keep their current content until the end of the year. 

In commenting on the split, a Netflix spokesperson said, “We continue to do business with the Walt Disney Company on many fronts, including our ongoing deal with Marvel TV.”  Furthermore, Disney’s new streaming service will be built off technology gained from BAMTech, the MLB-founded video streaming platform. Recently, Disney CEO Bob Igor said the following in reference to the launch of the service, "This acquisition and the launch of our direct-to-consumer services mark an entirely new growth strategy for the company, one that takes advantage of the incredible opportunity that changing technology provides us to leverage the strength of our great brands."

Oh, but the House of Mouse doesn't plan to stop there. Along with the studio's films and TV shows, Disney will also launch a streaming service exclusively for ESPN, which they expect to be made available toward the start of 2018. The Disney streamer will launch with guns a'blazin' as the “exclusive subscription-video-on-demand viewing service” will debut with films like TOY STORY 4 and the sequel to FROZEN locked and loaded. Lastly, Original movies, TV shows, and short-form content will all come to the streamer as well.

So there you have it, Mouseketeers! Are you read to pony up even more dough to watch your favorite Disney-related content, or are there just too many damned streaming services these days? Let us know what you're thinking in the comments section below!  

Extra Tidbit: Looks like I'll be splitting my time between both services. I need my Disney, man. I need it!
Source: The Verge

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